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A look at some of the APIs, SDKs and tools available from six leading social networking companies, as well as examples of apps that are leveraging the power of these platforms.
There are over 1,000 social APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory. The big names in that list, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Twitter, are also amongst the most popular public APIs overall. Since other API providers look to these leaders for examples in engaging with developers, I thought it would be useful to see how each uses a common communications medium. That's right, how do the social APIs use social media themselves?
Today in APIs: Buffer Enables Scheduled Posting to Google+, Facebook Updates Android SDK, and 10 New APIs
Buffer creates scheduled posting via Google+'s new API. Facebook updates its Android SDK, catches up with its iOS SDK. Plus: SOA and API management markets may be merging, the two syllables barred from app titles on Instagram are "Insta" and "gram", and 10 new APIs.
Today in APIs: Google+ Upgrades API, Startup Cloudbase.io Focuses on Multi-platform via a Single API, and 10 New APIs
Google has opened up the Google+ API, which allows developers to integrate Google+ with third party apps as well as Google Apps environments. Cloudbase.io recently launched with the goal of simplifying multi-platform mobile app development through a single shared API. Plus: activeCollab Launches API and 10 new APIs.
Google has just announced the introduction of the Google Plus Sign-In, a new feature of the Google Plus platform that allows developers using the Google Plus API to add a secure sign-in to their web and mobile applications.
Today in APIs: The Call for a Google Plus Read/Write API, 3Scale's Top 10 API Blogposts of 2012 and 26 New APIs
Techcrunch calls for a full Google Plus Read/Write API. 3Scale names the top 10 API Blogposts of 2012. Plus: Newspaper posts gun owner names and addresses, Amazon S3 adds root domain website hosting and 26 new APIs.
Expion, a Social Media Management System (SMMS) company, specializes in helping companies manage their brand images on social networks, from Facebook to Youtube to Twitter, often relying on partners' APIs to pull of some of their more interesting feats. Most recently, it was chosen by Google as a Google Plus API partner for the brand-focused Pages feature.
It's been a year since developers were underwhelmed by the first release of the Google Plus API. The search engine's nascent social network has gained in popularity and even improved its developer tools, but it is still lacking the main feature many developers request--a writable Google Plus API.
Google's VP of engineering explains why Google Plus still doesn't offer a full write API. Social media manager Buffer opens up its API to developers. Plus: Developer mashes up a "what's hot in baseball" Chrome plugin in 48 hours and blogs about it and 14 new APIs.
It's been ten months since the Google Plus API was released and over a year that the platform itself has existed. And still there's no way to write content into Google Plus. Or is there? Though it didn't make the major Google I/O announcements, the search giant did release a sort-of writable Google Plus API for developer preview. It's just not the writable API we all expected.
The company best known for measuring Twitter influence has added Google Plus to its Klout API. Though Klout connects to many networks to produce its score, only Twitter and Google Plus can be used via the API as a vector for identity.
Last week we attended Google's developer conference, along with over 5,000 others. The company was so rife with announcements that many didn't make it to the keynote stage. That was the case with just about all of the API updates, including a handful of impressive new features in the popular Google Maps API.
The Google Plus redesign shows signs of an app platform to come, says GigaOm. But that platform should not include a write API, says one developer. Plus: Group SMS goes RESTful, Amazon AWS docs on the Kindle and 28 new APIs.
We all know about Google Plus. We've talked about it here and here and it's been covered in a million other places. Today though, we're not concerned with how it stacks up to Facebook. Instead we just want to look at the cool things being built with the Google Plus API. These mashups all use Google Plus to support shopping, news aggregation and even other social networks.
Google announces more Google Plus API hackathons. YouTube explains how to best upload videos through your apps. Plus: Another heavy Google Maps API user says goodbye, music developers and 23 new APIs.
A competitor created an export tool for Flickr ex-patriots, so the photo sharing site shut down the Flickr API developer key. The Google Plus developer page makes some wonder if the "real" Google Plus API is coming soon. Also: questions about the Google Safe Browsing API, free cloud database and 15 new APIs.
Our API directory has hit another major milestone. We now list 5,000 APIs, just a short four months since passing 4,000. No longer is the web simply about links connecting one site to another. Instead, developers are using tools to connect data and functionality from one site to another site. It's an incredible transformation that has happened over a very short period of time. APIs are at the heart of Google's strategy and they led directly to the growth enjoyed by Twitter and Facebook.
Google continues to clean its API house, knocking another couple APIs into the dustbin. Google Social Graph API was launched in 2008 with high hopes of an open social standard. The Picnik API is a photo editing service that Google acquired and incorporated into Picasa and most recently, Google Plus.
The API Mashup Contest that invited developers from Central Europe or Germany to submit Mashup ideas or applications has announced its results. The contest saw a huge response from developers and more than 70+ mashup applications were submitted for consideration. In the end the winning applications were a social shopping network, a hotel finder and an application using the Google+ API to help users find interesting people.
The API landscape is an extremely well chronicled and championed space. Every product has its own API nearly, and developers still get excited about digging into the newest, greatest data on the market. It’s the developer equivalent of having to have the newest Apple gadget, right when it becomes available. In our zeal to access more and more data though, we’ve forgotten what working with data is supposed to be all about.